Brehm's Tiger Parrot - Distribution Habitat Breeding

Brehm’s Tiger Parrot


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Identification

24 cm; 94–120 g. Bill 

brownish grey with pale cutting edges; head and throat chocolate brown with a vertical yellow line on side of neck; nape, mantle, rump, and upper tail-coverts evenly barred black and green; wings dull green with blue leading edge and brownish-black flight-feathers; breast to belly lime green; vent and under tail-coverts red; tail green above, brown below. Female lacks yellow line on the neck and has black and yellow barring on upper breast 

. Immature like a female with breast narrowly barred green and dull yellow. Race intermixta larger, paler and yellower; harterti like nominate but head more olive; pallida 

more yellowish, some with a blue wash on belly.

Systematics History

Editor’s Note: This article requires further editing work to merge existing content into the appropriate Subspecies sections. Please bear with us while this update takes place.

Birds from Schrader Range (EC New Guinea) sometimes awarded race buergersi, but generally not regarded as worthy of recognition. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies


SUBSPECIES

Psittacella brehmii brehmii Scientific name definitions

Distribution
NW New Guinea (mountains of Vogelkop Peninsula).

SUBSPECIES

Psittacella brehmii intermixta Scientific name definitions

Distribution
WC New Guinea (Weyland and Snow Mts and Mt Goliath).

SUBSPECIES

Psittacella brehmii harterti Scientific name definitions

Distribution
NE New Guinea (mountains of Huon Peninsula).

SUBSPECIES

Psittacella brehmii pallida Scientific name definitions

Distribution
mountains of C, E, and SE New Guinea.

Distribution

Editor’s Note: Additional distribution information for this taxon can be found in the ‘Subspecies’ article above. In the future, we will develop a range-wide distribution article.

Habitat

Interior of montane Podocarpus and Nothofagus forest and edge, low scrubby regrowth, and vegetation bordering open areas, often descending into the grass; generally at 1500–2600 m, but up to 3800 m on the Huon Peninsula in absence of P. picta.

Movement

No information.

Diet and Foraging

Buds, fruits and leaves of Homalanthus, hard berries, small hard seeds, and fruits of Podocarpus have been recorded, and lerps suspected as often seen searching leaves.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Not very vocal. Most frequently heard calls include a repeated nasal up slurred “hwee!” and a somewhat more modulated “wehuwee!”. Also a purer plaintive whistle.

Breeding

Slight gonadal development in Aug; breeding condition bird in Jan; nestlings May–Jun.

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Fairly common and widespread throughout the range. Regularly recorded around Tari Gap, Papua New Guinea.


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